Learn not one, not two, but four languages in SAS

September 21, 2016
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I started young. Since I was 9 years old, I’ve always loved cooking delicious, tasty and healthy food, and feeding friends and family. My aunt still remembers the delicious chocolate soufflé that trembled and shook but would never collapse that I made for them when I was 18! Word spread.

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Seize the Day! Submit an #SASGF Abstract by Oct 3

September 21, 2016
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Are you considering submitting an abstract for SAS Global Forum 2017? Maybe you have already read the posts about how it helps your career and the excitement of sharing ideas. What is holding you back? Maybe you don’t have an idea, maybe you fear presentations, or maybe you just are unsure of the process. I...
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Simulate data from a generalized Gaussian distribution

September 21, 2016
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Simulate data from a generalized Gaussian distribution

Although statisticians often assume normally distributed errors, there are important processes for which the error distribution has a heavy tail. A well-known heavy-tailed distribution is the t distribution, but the t distribution is unsuitable for some applications because it does not have finite moments (means, variance,...) for small parameter values.

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Free eBook: Discovering data science with SAS

September 20, 2016
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We have just launched a free eBook containing a carefully selected collection of chapters from SAS Press books introducing the field of data science. Data science may be a difficult term to define, but data scientists are definitely in great demand! Wayne Thompson, Senior Product Manager at SAS, defines data

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Where did that gasoline pipeline break?

September 19, 2016
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Last week, one of the major pipelines supplying gasoline to the eastern US broke. Do you know where the break is, and which states will be having shortages? Me neither! ... So, of course, I created a SAS map to help... First I read up about the spill on various

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The distribution of nearest neighbor distances

September 19, 2016
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The distribution of nearest neighbor distances

Last week I showed how to compute nearest-neighbor distances for a set of numerical observations. Nearest-neighbor distances are used in many statistical computations, including the analysis of spatial point patterns. This article describes how the distribution of nearest-neighbor distances can help you determine whether spatial data are uniformly distributed or

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A few (hundred) SAS graphs to choose from!…

September 16, 2016
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I've created several hundred SAS graphs over the years. I was just musing to myself this morning how nicely Google lets me peruse through images of my graphs. And I thought some of you might also like to know how to do that... Most of you know how to search for keywords

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Compute nearest neighbors in SAS

September 14, 2016
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Compute nearest neighbors in SAS

Finding nearest neighbors is an important step in many statistical computations such as local regression, clustering, and the analysis of spatial point patterns. Several SAS procedures find nearest neighbors as part of an analysis, including as PROC LOESS, PROC CLUSTER, PROC MODECLUS, and PROC SPP. This article shows how to

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How to create your own QR codes with SAS!

September 12, 2016
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You've seen the QR codes that you can just scan in with your smartphone's camera, rather than writing down a web URL or other information, right? But do you know how to create your own QR code? Here's an easy way to create them, using SAS... You're probably familiar with

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